On Good Friday, March 30, 2018, Fleming Rutledge preached on the Seven Last Words of Jesus at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York City. Her seven meditations, delivered over the course of three h
On Good Friday, March 30, 2018, Fleming Rutledge preached on the Seven Last Words of Jesus at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York City. Her seven meditations, delivered over the course of three hours, were met with rave reviews. Printed in full in this volume, these sermons display Rutledge’s usual combination of resolute orthodoxy and pastoral wisdom—at once traditional and fresh.
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— author of Exclusion and Embrace
“If you have heard Fleming Rutledge preach, then you don’t need a recommendation for this book. She is simply a great preacher—learned, passionate, and in the best sense provocative. The next best thing to hearing her is reading these compelling addresses.”
— author of Unapologetic
“Read this, and be guided by one of the world’s great preachers through the darkest moment of the Christian year—the darkness from which redemption comes.”
Joel C. Daniels
— Associate for Evangelism, St. Thomas Fifth Avenue
“Few people are able to match Fleming Rutledge in her masterful unfolding of the world-shattering consequences of Christ’s death on the cross. These sermons on Christ’s final words are the work of a Spirit-filled preacher who has spent years deeply contemplating the mystery of our redemption. They were spectacular to hear, and their publication is a gift to the Church universal and a cause for celebration.”
— pastor of All Souls Charlottesville and author of Love Big, Be Well
“Near the desk where I write words for Sunday’s pulpit sits a volume of Fleming Rutledge’s sermons. She reminds me what exactly it is I’m supposed to be doing whenever I open up the Scriptures to God’s people. Three Hours will sit there as well, prodding me with the scandal and wildness of the Cross, with Good Friday’s terror and hope. This is the Jesus powerful enough to rescue us.”
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Fleming Rutledge is an Episcopal priest, a best-selling author, and a widely recognized preacher whose published sermon collections have received acclaim across denominational lines. Her other books include Advent: The Once and Future Coming of Jesus Christ and The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ, which won Christianity Today's 2017 Book of the Year Award.